728: Jason Lee: From Pain to Purpose (R)

Jason Lee is the founder of 30is30.com, a site dedicated to making sure that those convicted of sexual assault serve their entire sentence.  He is also a contributor to 1in6.org an organization that helps men suffering from sexual abuse.

He is a father to a wonderful son, a dutiful husband and a giving son, himself.  He is also a survivor of sexual assault that spanned several years starting in high school from a scout leader who is now serving time for the molestation of many other boys.

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727: 13 Ways to Get Leaner

If you remember, I told you that I wanted to lose 10 pounds.  Well, the total is up to twelve now! Yup, I gained 2 pounds.  You might be thinking that yours truly is an unreliable source of fitness info, but thankfully, you would be incorrect.  I certainly will do what I would encourage you to do, don't give up and use the data and info you possess to make it happen.

Accordingly I have created 12 guidelines that I am using for myself, that you can use as well, if you are looking to lose weight.  These are all things I know to be beneficial.  I wrote them all down so I will be more prone to following them.

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726: John O'Leary, The author of "On Fire", Talks About Seeing the World Anew

In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100% of his body. He was given 1% chance to live.

This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold 60,000+ copies, most in back-of-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first invited John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.

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725: The Wisdom of Marcus Aurelius: Wisdom from Ancient Rome

I came across a quote from Marcus Aurelius today; which one is unimportant.  The thing that struck me as interesting was the fact that the wisdoms he was espousing in the second century, are still applicable today. 

In this episode I share 6 great Marcus Aurelius passages and three quotes to help you understand how his wisdom can still be used today.

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The Real Reason I Meditate and How It Can Help You

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid believer in the power of meditation.  It is unquestionable the best skill to know in order to live a better life.  However, for me, the practice of mindfulness is not simply for my benefit alone.  I see it as a way for the world to heal.  Today i talk about that mission and journey for myself, but also how you can practice meditation for yourself and feel the positive ways it changes you.

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718: How to be Happier and Calmer by Releasing Expectations

I'll never forget the first time my Mom told me about releasing expectation.  I was hoping for something to happen at school, elementary school, in case you are wondering.  I remember the talk but not the thing I was hoping for.  I sat in amazement when she simply said, "don't attach expectation to it".  What?  Whatever it was, I wanted it to happen.  There was no doubt.

I couldn't understand what this crazy woman was saying.  Don't expect it, was the worst advice ever.  Maybe it was the worst for a 12 year old kid, but it certainly is the best advice for a 53 year old man, or anyone for that matter.

Today I will discuss the very concept my mom was trying to teach me back in the day.  To her credit, I have learned it now and pass it on to you in hopes it will serve you too.

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717: John Vespasian: Contemporary Lessons from Ancient Greece

2017 seems daunting for a great many people.  There are those who see the world as chaotic and turbulent.  On a grand scale it seems there are challenges to overcome, and on a personal level there are the same, if not more challenges.  How do you face adversity.  How do you thrive in difficult times.  John Vespasian knows how, and he learned it from a source that many would not expect.  John has spent many years researching ancient greek culture to answer that very question: how do we thrive in difficult times.

Ancient greeks didn't have a tenth of the advances we have today, and yet they thrived.  Today I am very pleased to welcome back to the show, John Vespasian, as he discusses his latest book, aptly titled, How to Thrive in Difficult Times.

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